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Dog watches woman give birth

A hospital has come under fire after allowing a pregnant woman’s dog to watch her give birth. The family pet - called Barney - was allowed into the delivery room at St Michael's Hospital in Bristol as a calming presence.

The pregnant woman, who had no underlying medical conditions, asked for the animal to help with the birth.

Barney - believed to be a labrador - stayed for the birth along with the woman’s partner and a midwife before the family left with their newborn child.

Hospital bosses informed all staff about the decision in advance, and said the unusual step was taken as Barney is a working "therapy dog" who regularly visits patients on wards.

But there was some concern from staff about hygiene. One said: "Like it or not, dogs are dirty animals."

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